It is with great sadness that I am running my yearly Thanksgiving column.
With the recent rocket attacks in Sderot, the building of a terrorist tunnel and unending violence, it is obvious that the State of Israel still has not learned the poignant lesson of the Native-American Indians.
America will be celebrating its Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27. Tremendous effort has always focused on portraying this time in a lovely romanticized light, in which pilgrims and Native-American Indians worked together in harmony.
The reality, however, is quite grim. The Indians were the original “land-for- peace” advocates. They realized that one has to negotiate “with their enemies and not their friends.” They thought that two nations could share one country successfully.
The Native Americans gave away their land for worthless peace treaties.
They did not want to be viewed as “intransigent.” Their “peace partners” wanted it all. Their “roadmap” was called, “Manifest Destiny.”
The misguided attempt to be compliant ultimately led to the decline of an entire nation. Now there is only a pitiful remnant of the Native Americans. They are a tiny minority in their own land; a downtrodden culture, with a high incidence of alcoholism and other social maladies. They, for the most part, live in ghetto-like areas called reservations.
We are taught, “Eizehu chacham? HaLomed mi’kol Adam.” (“Who is wise? He who learns from everyone.”) The Jews in Israel would be very well served to take a lesson from what was, once, the mighty Native-American people.